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Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Makeup | 4 comments

Is this the best budget highlighter ever?

Is this the best budget highlighter ever?

Highlighters have been my favourite product of 2016, and if there’s one product that I’ve wanted to try over all the rest it’s Vivid Baked Highlighter from Makeup Revolution. Makeup Revolution is the budget beauty brand that really made a splash when it was introduced a couple of years ago, and I’ve read so many amazing reviews of their pressed powder highlighter that costs just £3 that I couldn’t resist trying it. This is a real beauty bloggers favourite product, I haven’t met anyone that hasn’t liked it! There are 4 shades in the Vivid Baked Highlighter range, I opted for Golden Lights. It’s a multi-use baked highlighting powder in white lustre with a golden shimmer. Of course you can use it to light up the cheekbones, but it’s also great for using as an eyeshadow (just smudge a tad under the brow arch using the ring finger), highlighting collarbones or shoulders in Summer, dusting over the décolleté area or using sparingly for contouring to highlight temples, cheekbones, the tip...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Makeup | 4 comments

The newest addition to the Lancôme Juicy family!

The newest addition to the Lancôme Juicy family!

Lancôme Juicy Tubes changed my life. Ok, well that’s a slight exaggeration but it was the first high-end make-up item that I ever bought and it made me feel like I was really getting somewhere. I’d got a good job, was in the process of buying my own house and I could afford to buy premium beauty products. I chose a transparent lemon yellow gloss with tiny flecks of iridescent glitter in, and over the following months I treated myself to several other Juicy Tube variants including a shimmery nude gloss called Pamplemousse which I wore on nights out for years (incidentally Pamplemousse is still going!). Fast forward several (ahem…) years and Juicy Tubes are still going strong, but there’s a new member of the Juicy family vying for attention – the Juicy Shaker.*. Another lip product, this one is a nourishing tinted lip oil which acts a bit like a gloss, and I was sent two of the new shades to try out – Piece of Cake and...

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 in Makeup | 2 comments

Lip products from Lord & Berry

Lip products from Lord & Berry

I first heard of Lord & Berry a year or so ago and I was really tempted by the sleek black packaging and wearable shades. They seemed to drop off my radar a bit after that though, and it’s only recently that I’ve started to hear about them again. I was given the opportunity to try out a selection of their lip products and I’ve been using them for about the past 3 weeks. Read on to see what I think: First up it’s the 20100 Lipstick Pencils*, these are available in either Matte or Shiny and I’ve tried out one of each. The pencils are a bit slimmer than the usual chunky crayons that are popular at the moment and this makes it a bit easier to apply the colour straight from the pencil – although you could use a lip brush but it can be a bit tricky to coax enough colour off the slim nib and onto the brush. The pink one is called Flush, it’s...

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Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Makeup | 1 comment

NEW Brow Collection from Benefit

NEW Brow Collection from Benefit

Did you know… – we each spend £200 on average a year on products to groom our brows – there were 1.1 million brow products sold in the UK throughout 2015 – the two leading brow products are from Benefit – Benefit now run 1,100 brow bars across 46 different countries These were just some of the facts that I learned at the Leeds blogger launch of Benefit’s new brow range. I mean, I knew that brows were big business but I had no idea that brow products were selling on this scale. And that is the reason that Benefit have re-vamped and re-launched their brow range, offering a brow product for every one of us no matter what our colour or what sort of impact we want our brows to have. First up I want to tell you a little bit about the event. Benefit know how to throw a party, and they had invited around fifty Yorkshire bloggers to the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds. When we arrived we listened...

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Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Makeup | 10 comments

Burts Bees – Lip Crayons

Burts Bees – Lip Crayons

If you’re a regular reader of Beauty Best Friend then you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Burt’s Bees. I like everything that they stand for, their beeswax lip balms are second to none and I use their natural Baby Bee range on my little girl. Over the past few years they’ve progressed their lip products and now offer a range of lip colour items – their Lip Shimmer in Guava was one of the first products that I ever reviewed on my blog! Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons* are a range of 6 lip colour crayons made from 100% natural ingredients. They are infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil, and of course they include beeswax too. The chunky crayon format is one that I like but feels a bit different from the other Burt’s Bees lip products of the past. It makes the colour easy to apply, although I recommend using a lip liner first if you want a really defined lip as it can be tricky getting...

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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Bath & Body, Makeup, Skincare | 0 comments

The Body Shop Summer Blogger Event, York

The Body Shop Summer Blogger Event, York

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to The Body Shop Summer Blog Event at my local store in Coppergate, York. This was the second The Body Shop blogger event I have been to and I have to say that they’re so enjoyable and really well planned. This event had been organised to showcase some of the new products that The Body Shop have launched for Summer – mainly the Drops of Light skincare range and the tropical new Pinita Colada range of bodycare. Sadly my photos from the event are really lacking as my camera battery is faulty and despite charging it up before I went it went flat just fifteen minutes into the evening – so many apologies! Firstly, after enjoying a glass of fizz, we watched a facial demonstration using the new Drops of Light skincare range, the main active ingredients being Vitamin C and red algae. There are four products – Cleansing Foam, Essence Lotion, Day Cream and Serum –...

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Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Makeup | 0 comments

Is blusher going out of fashion?

Is blusher going out of fashion?

So the hottest make-up trend on the block is currently contouring, everyone’s having a go (some successfully and some unsuccessfully!). Made ever more popular by Kim Kardashian’s pre-contour blending selfies that showed how even top celebrities need a bit of extra help to get that chiselled look. And have you seen Adele’s cheekbones in the Hello video!? Stunning. So in this contour fuelled frenzy has good old blusher lost its place in the make-up ranks? Are we all ditching the rosy cheeked fresh faced look for sharp cheekbones and highlighted nose tips? Personally I love a bit of blusher – it can give your face a real pick-me-up when you’re looking a bit pasty and tired, or a subtle glow in the Summer. Cream blush can double up as a lip product and it’s been a favourite product for so long that there’s a blusher out there to suit everyone. Did you know that blusher (called ‘rouge’ back then) was used as early as in Ancient Egypt? And crushed mulberries were...

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Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Makeup | 2 comments

Chanel – Precision Lip Definer in Natural

Chanel – Precision Lip Definer in Natural

I love a good lip liner pencil but I think they’re getting a bit overlooked these days in favour of other more trendy make-up products such as brow pencils. When it comes to lip pencils I think there are some great ones out there and there’s something to suit every budget. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for Chanel lip pencils, they last for ages and they have a cute little lip brush on the other end. My latest purchase is Chanel Precision Lip Definer pencil in the shade 34 Natural. It’s a nude brown shade, not too pale and not too dark. Nude lips have been such a thing for ages now and they work so well when you’re wearing a look where the focus is on the eyes. This pencil works with both pinky-toned and browny-toned lipsticks, my favourite at the moment is Japanese Maple from Mac that I reviewed last year. You can see from the swatch image above that Natural does have pinky...

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